HANDMADE PARADE: The biggest Handmade Parade ever will be taking to the streets on Saturday as Hebden Bridge marks a year on from the floods with a dazzling display of its creative talents. More info, times and map of route.
FOUR SHORT-LISTED LABOUR PARTY CANDIDATES have now submitted detailed replies to the seven questions posed by the HebWeb. Read their replies. In the next week, one of these candidates will be selected to represent Labour and fight Craig Whittaker at the next General Election. (17 June)
PARADE WORKSHOPS GET OFF TO A FLYING START: More than a hundred people started creating their crazy costumes for this month’s Handmade Parade when the open workshops kicked off in style last weekend. Read more (4 June)
A NEW MAYOR FOR HEBDEN ROYD TOWN COUNCIL: Councillor Karl Boggis takes the chain as the new Mayor of Hebden Royd with his partner Felicity as his consort. Councillor Nigel Yorke will be his deputy and his consort will be his wife Rebecca. Read more (3 June)
ARTS FESTIVAL SETS NEW RECORD FOR SELL OUT EVENTS: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has set a new record with four sold out gigs a week before festivities kick off on June 22. Read more
YOUTH EXPLOSION AT ARTS FESTIVAL: Families and young people are right at the heart of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival’s 2013 programme including an appearance by a pair of mysterious time traveling magicians. Read more (4 June)
WORKERS' CO-OP TAKES OVER VALLEY ORGANICS. The organic grocers on Market Street, which has been selling good organic produce and wholefoods for more than 12 years, is about to be owned and run by its employees - as a workers’ co-operative. Read more (3 June)
CALDER HOLMES ACTION DAY report and photo
PARADE ATTRACTS ARTISTS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE: Next month’s Handmade Parade will have an international feel with artists from across the globe joining the celebration of Hebden Bridge’s unique creativity and culture. More info (23 May)
THE FALL AT THE TRADES: review from Anne Ward. Stepping on to the stage one by one, Smith last, burping slightly as he picks up the mic to a rapturous welcome.
BLACKSHAWHEAD PLANT SALE AND SPRING FAIR. It has been cold and it has been wet, and there was a covering of snow on the tops over Easter, but the Blackshawhead Plant Sale and Spring Fair goes ahead this Saturday. Read more (13 May 2013)
It’s national Bee Cause Day this Saturday; sign this petition and sign the Friends of the Earth postcards to David Cameron in Spirals, 39 Market St. First 10 get a free Pollinator Beebom (nectar-rich wildflower seeds to plant).
West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester firefighters battled moor fires above Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale. See BBC news item (8 May)
ORDER YOUR HANGING BASKETS! Each year over 300 baskets and planters are put up across Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. With a drop of sunshine, by summer the baskets are overflowing with colour. Read more (Tuesday, 7 May 2013)
TREE FELLING IN THE COLDEN VALLEY. The Arvon Foundation seeks permission for for felling 40 trees in the Colden Valley. Arvon at Lumb Bank is a former residence of Ted Hughes, former Poet Laureate who had a special reverence for nature, trees and the Calder Valley. Read more (31 May)
Upper Valley Neighbourhood News - with items on the Bridge Gate Bollard, dealing with dog fouling in Fairfield, Mytholmroyd Young People's Centre and more.
CHRIS MULLIN: THATCHER AND ME: the Arts Festival has booked Chris Mullin, author of 'A Very British Coup', former MP and Government Minister, campaigner for the Birmingham Six, and diarist, to discuss Margaret Thatcher's legacy. Read more (13 May 2013)
CALDERDALE COALITION BREAKS DOWN OVER WELFARE CUTS. Calderdale Council has been ruled by a coalition of Labour and Liberal Democrats for the past three years. That has now ended. Read more - updated (24 April)
TOUR DE FRANCE - CRAGG VALE PHOTO COMPETITION - Before the Tour de France cycles into Cragg Vale next year, the village is calling on all amateur snappers to find some pedal power and capture a cycling image. Read more (16 April)
ARTS FESTIVAL OUTDOOR FUN: local creative talent wanted. Locally based street artists and performers of any age are needed to join in two outdoor spectaculars during Hebden Bridge Arts Festival in June. More info (10 April)
GIANT TEN FOOT MAP OF THE SOUTH PENNINES, with Hebden Bridge at its centre. Internationally-acclaimed artist Angela Smyth has created a spectacular new artwork to encourage visitors to seek out the hidden treasures of the South Pennines. Read more and see photos (8 April)
SPRING RHYTHM: POETRY OF EMERGENCE: Wainsgate Chapel’s 2013 season of music and spoken word performances kicks off next Sunday (14th) with a trilogy of poets, spearheaded by Rosie Garland. Read more (7 April)
BRIDGE MILL: HISTORY ON OUR DOORSTEP. Justine Wyatt, with the support of the mill’s current owner David Fletcher, has uncovered more of the story of the building, and gave a fascinating talk to the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. Read more (3 April)
ON-STREET CHARITY COLLECTORS in Calderdale will have stricter guidelines to follow. In St George’s Square, a maximum of four charity fundraisers are allowed, on two days a week. (25 April)
MYTHS, MYSTERIES AND MAYHEM is the theme of the 2013 Hebden Bridge Handmade. Pigs might fly, sea monsters could be spotted and trolls may appear from under the bridge in this year’s Parade. Read more. (24 April)
BEDROOM TAX: Labour asks Calderdale to condemn Government’s Bedroom Tax
HANDMADE PARADE 2013 LAUNCHES IN STYLE: Organisers were bowled over with the quality and quantity of ideas from visitors of all ages. Vegetable hats (see above) were just one of the creations at the Spark Day on Sunday, 14th. Read more (16 April)
COMMEMORATIVE MEMORIAL TO THOSE HARMED BY EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS. This morning, 13 April a commemorative memorial plaque, to remember those who have died or been harmed by asbestos exposure, was unveiled with a ceremony in Pecket Well. Read more
HANDMADE PARADE SPARK DAY 2013: Organisers are holding a Spark Day on 14 April at the parade workshops in Victoria Road, and want as many people as possible to come along with their bright ideas – the crazier the better! Read more (9 April)
VOTE TRADES CLUB: Music lovers along the valley are being asked to rally behind the Trades Club to help them get nominated as NME small venue of the year for the second year running. Read more (8 April)
Thousands turn out for the Easter Monday Duck Race - all 7000 yellow ducks sold.
Spring Clean postponed due to latest snowfall. The revised dates for the cleanup, co-ordinated by Hebden Royd Town Council, will be posted on the HebWeb when confirmed. (22 March)
WORKING FROM HOME IN 1825; Working from home is not a new concept, Malcolm Heywood told members of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. William Greenwood's described his several different occupations. Read more (20 March)
CALDER HIGH STUDENT WALKOUT - ten years ago. As Britain was about to invade Iraq, Calder High students led local protests. Headteacher David Scott was forced to close the school on the day of the invasion and subsequently suspended 13 students. Calder High students demonstrated all day in Hebden Bridge. Read the HebWeb news reports from March 2003.
Station Café break in: Paul Clarke sent us the above photos saying today, "Commuters were dleighted to see the Station Cafe reopen only twentyfour hours after it was raided." (8 March)
THE WONDERFUL 906 WIDDOP BUS - Following discussions with Hebden Bridge Walkers Action, Metro has agreed to run the service again in 2013, along with a new Route Guide with twelve walks. Read more (19 March)
GET THE BLESSING has nothing to do with the Vatican but is the name of the next act at HX7 Jazz: "Rarely has a band taken the jazz scene by the scruff of the neck and given it such a good shaking" Read more (14 March)
THE GRAVE OF ROBIN HOOD; mysterious goings-on in Calderdale. Kai Roberts told the local history society about Robin Hood in Calderdale and especially the monument known as Robin Hood’s Grave. Read more (11 March)
LOTTERY GRANT FOR CANCER GROUP: Living Well, Calderdale Women's Cancer Support Network, has been awarded a £5993 grant from the Big Lottery 'Awards for All' to enable it to continue supporting women living with cancer. Read more (9 March)
HEBDEN BRIDGE WOMAN REFUSES TO PAY TAXES FOR WAR. Peggy Thomas, a retired teacher, living in Hebden Bridge, is refusing to pay the Inland Revenue some of her income tax. She is a conscientious objector, against taxes being used for warfare. Read more (22 March)
EASTER SATURDAY ALTERNATIVE: IncredibleEdible Mytholm’s Growing Futures Field Day. Come to Mytholm Playing Field where Incredible Edible Mytholm will be launching ideas for an exciting community-owned, sustainable food business. Read more (18 March)
TRACEY THORN SIGNS UP FOR ARTS FESTIVAL: Pop star turned writer Tracey Thorn will one of the first acts to play the newly revamped Birchcliffe Centre in a one off 'In Conversation With' event.
PACE EGG PLAY 2013: Read about the changes to the cast this year, the times, links to photos from previous years, the history and why this year more than ever it's important to walk or use a bus. Read more
WANT TO BE A FILM EXTRA? A number of extras are required at the Picture House for a short film by award winning filmmaker Mike Staniforth (5 March)
BERNARD INGHAM COLUMN ENDED: campaigners have learned today that Bernard Ingham has been told his longrunning column in the HB Times has ended. They had been calling on Ingham to apologise for what he said about Hillsborough. Read more (27 Feb)
TODMORDEN WEAVERS AND THE GREAT WAR: Alan Fowler, former lecturer in Economic and Social History, told a meeting of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society that the local Weavers’ Association had 4000 members at its peak. Read more (20 Feb)
THE MUMMYFESTO: author Linda Green has sold over 200,000 books. Her new novel is based in a Hebden Bridge at the centre of a political revolution. The Lollipop Party, which campaigns for children and families, gains massive support . . . Read more (13 Feb)
JOEL POPS THE QUESTION AT TRADES CLUB: When Joel Clegg was looking to pop the question to Amy Stoker he thought what better way to do it when folk band Stornoway played the Trades Club. Read more (11 Feb)
SAVE CENTRAL LIBRARY: the protests continue. Read this latest news item with links to HebWeb coverage over the past four years. (6 Feb)
PETITION OBJECTING TO CALDER HIGH BECOMING AN ACADEMY: if you wish to object to Calder High becoming an Academy, this page has the petition to download along with more information. Read more (4 Feb)
AIR POLLUTION IN HEBDEN BRIDGE: "The worst air quality in West Yorkshire is in Hebden Bridge". The next public meeting organised by the Blackshaw Environmental group has speakers talking about air pollution, and bats. Read more (27 Feb)
Petition objecting to Calder High becoming an Academy: if you wish to object to Calder High becoming an Academy, this page has the petition to download along with more information.
CALDER HIGH IS MOVING SWIFTLY TOWARDS BEING AN ACADEMY: little consultation with parents or the community. Read more about latest letter to parents. (30 Jan)
TOUR DE FRANCE: on Sunday 6 July 2014, the eyes of the world will be on Hebden Bridge when the 200 competitors of the Tour de France cycles through our town, and Cragg Vale's famous five-and-a-half mile incline, the longest in England. Read more
HAVE YOUR SAY ON COUNCIL BUDGET: Calderdale Council is inviting people to have their say on the Council’s budget for 2013/14 to 2015/16.
CALDERDALE COMPETENCE CHALLENGED OVER PLANS FOR NUTCLOUGH MILL, one of Hebden Bridge's finest old buildings. The Head of Planning of Calderdale has been sent a formal letter of complaint concerning its handling of the application. Read more (7 Jan)
LIBERAL DEMOCRATS HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT HEBDEN ROYD BUDGET, emphasising a wish for Mytholmroyd to break with Hebden Bridge. Read more (31 Jan)
HOW CAN HEBDEN BRIDGE BE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE and work in 2020? This is the question which members of Hebden Bridge Partnership have set themselves, as they begin work on a new Action Plan for the town. Read more (22 Jan)
HEBDEN BRIDGE WALKERS ACTION RELAUNCH: Following the meeting of 13th January, HBWA will continue for another six months to work on four projects - Problems with footpaths, 906 bus, self guided walks and Walkers are Welcome status Read more. (21 Jan)
BAN THE BURN CAMPAIGN GOES TO EUROPE: questions are being raised about the legality of Natural England' decision to stop prosecuting the Walshaw Moor Estate - campaigners want the replacement of the sphagnum moss to slow the run-off during heavy rainfall. Read more. (14 Jan)
TRADES CLUB DONATES £5000 TO FLOOD FUND: The Trades Club has donated £5000 to the Community Foundation for Calderdale to help buy floods kits for local households.
HILLSBOROUGH AND BERNARD INGHAM: pressure is mounting for local papers to end the Bernard Ingham column given his continued failure to apologise for 'disgraceful' remarks following the Hillsborough tragedy. Read more. (7 Jan)
Hebden Bridge floods on Channel 4: Our floods featured in "Is Our Weather Getting Worse? The Hebden Bridge slot is five minutes starting around 6 minute into the programme. (6 Jan)